11th Annual Festival of Fruit next weekend

On Saturday, September 16 Carkeek Park will host the 11th Annual Festival of Fruit, a celebration of all things autumnal.

The festival will be from 10am to 2pm at the Carkeek Park Education Center (950 NW Carkeek Park Rd), and will include an apple pie contest, cider pressing and tasting, a Master Gardener clinic, an orchard tour, a wildlife habitat tour, Mason Bee demos, apple identification, live music from Blue Star Creeper.

To enter the apple pie contest, bring your homemade pie between 10am and 10:30am, or feel free to donate a homemade pie for resale, with all proceeds going to maintain the orchard.

The festival is organized by the Friends of Piper’s Orchard, a group of volunteers who nurtured the historic North Seattle orchard back to health after being overrun by invasive plants. For more information, call 206-684-0877, email pipersorchard@gmail.com, or visit the Piper’s Orchard website.

Development Update Sept. 7: two subdivision applications

There are just two applications to subdivide properties in Ballard this week. The development update information is provided by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspection’s Land Use Information Bulletin.


2223 NW 63RD ST

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Existing structures to be demolished.

Comments may be submitted through 9/20/2017.

2050 NW 61ST ST

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Existing structures to be demolished.

Comments may be submitted through 9/20/2017.


Premiere of Ship Canal documentary ‘Waterway to the World’ this weekend

On Sunday, September 10, there will be a special premiere screening of the documentary “Seattle’s Waterway to the World” at the Ballard Locks Visitors Center from 1:30 to 3pm.

Filmmaker Vaun Raymond will present his 60-minute documentary on the Ship Canal, which will be followed by a short mini-documentary, “Behind the Scenes,” about the making of Raymond’s “Legacy of the Locks” series. Also on hand will be David Williams and Jennifer Ott, authors of the book Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal, to join in on the post-screening discussion. The event is part of the year-long centennial celebrations for the Ballack Locks.

The event is free and open to the public.

First day of school: watch out for kids

It’s the first day of school for the 2017-2018 school year, so keep an eye out for kids walking to and from school today.

The school district adopted a new timetable this year; every Wednesday, students will be released 75 minutes early, except for the first day of school. According to the school district, the change was made “to support improved teacher collaboration and student academic performance.”

Upcoming public forum to discuss oil trains in Ballard

The Sunset Hill Community Association will soon host a public forum to discuss oil trains rolling through Ballard. The “Oil Trains & More” meeting will be on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7pm at the Sunset Hill Community Association.

“Are you concerned about the oil trains rumbling through Ballard?  ‘Oil Trains…& More’ is about the trains carrying highly flammable substances through Seattle, along Shilshole Bay and beyond,” the organizers tell My Ballard. City representatives from Seattle Fire, King County Emergency Management, and the Sierra Club will be present to address safety, emergency response, and political aspects of oil trains, and there will also be a discussion about other major fossil fuel projects planned in the Pacific Northwest. Speakers will include District 6 Seattle Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Seattle Fire Department Chief Assistant A.D Vickery,  King County Emergency Management External Affairs Manager Barnaby Dow, and Sierra Club representatives.

The forum will be held at the Sunset Hill clubhouse (3003 NW 66th St.) from 7 to 8:30pm.

Tour Groundswell NW parks and projects this weekend

On Saturday, September 9, Groundswell NW will be hosting a guided walking tour of their parks and projects in Ballard as part of the Sustainable Ballard Festival.

Groundswell NW Board member Dave Boyd will host the tour, giving participants the history of growing parks and natural habitats in Ballard. They’ll also discuss the “current challenges our city faces as the availability of new green space is affected by the increased demands of density,” according to Groundswell NW.

The tour will take place from 1:30 to 3pm on Saturday; to join, meet Boyd at the Groundswell NW booth at the festival at 1:30 sharp. For more information, contact Dawn Hemminger 206.953.3940 or groundswellnw@gmail.com.

The haze is back, and this time with ash

The city of Seattle woke to a sprinkling of ash Tuesday morning, as smoke from regional wildfires blankets the skies yet again.

Coupled with record-breaking heat, the smoke could cause problems for those with health conditions. According the Washington Department of Ecology, we can expect smoke and ash for the next couple days until a cooler weather system and rain comes to the region later this week.

Do you have photos of the ash falling in Ballard? Send them to tips@myballard.com.